Biological and Physical Sciences

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The Department of Biological and Physical Sciences offers courses that are designed to meet the needs of students who are majoring in science and engineering, pursuing admission to allied health programs or certificates in natural resources, or seeking general education credit. Our faculty's goal is to ensure that upon successful completion of any course in the department a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the major facts and concepts of the discipline they are studying.
  • Correctly formulate, solve, and interpret the results of a variety of problems relevant to that discipline.
  • Analyze whether or not an observation or experimental result is consistent with a scientific hypothesis for a natural phenomenon and effectively communicate that analysis to others.



anatomy classServing a wide variety of educational interests—transfer, general education, continuing education, and allied health—the Biology Program offers diverse courses in general biology, human biology, environmental science, and local natural history.


» Anatomy students learn about the details of the human skeletal system.




Second semester General Chemistry students conduct a qualitative analysisThe Chemistry Program offers classes that serve chemistry, biology, allied heath and related science majors. We provide both general and preparatory chemistry courses to meet the diverse needs of our students. Most courses include both lecture and laboratory sections to ensure that our students have sufficient depth and rigor to be successful after they transfer.


» Second semester General Chemistry students conduct a qualitative analysis.



Engineering students collaborate on a group projectThe Engineering Program offers courses in statics and circuits that complement the general education and math-science courses engineering students take to prepare for transfer to four-year colleges. Students in the Engineering Program benefit from small class sizes and receive personal attention from faculty who are committed to providing quality education and helping students succeed.


» Engineering students collaborate on a group project.



Students learn about jet propultion as instructor rides the rocket bikeThe Physics Program offers courses that meet the needs of transfer students majoring in physics, engineering, science, and the medical field, as well as general education courses that are of interest to a broad range of students. All of these courses provide a balance between theoretical concepts and practical examples, and rely on active learning strategies to give students the combination of physical insights and mathematical skills needed for success.


» Students learn about jet propulsion as physics instructor Mike Read rides the rocket bike.